Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to a heartfelt desire, a solemn vow, an intention, or a resolve to do something. It is similar to the English concept of a resolution, except that it comes from even deeper within and tends to be an affirmation.
This term comes from the Sanskrit roots san, meaning "a connection with the highest truth," and kalpa, meaning "vow." Thus, it translates to denote an affirming resolve to do something or achieve something spiritual.
Oftentimes, yoga practice can help an individual uncover and cultivate their own sankalpa in order to achieve enlightenment.
Maria Lodge, PT, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master
Asana Wellness Physical Therapy